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Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa: Championship play-off open match thread

Can’t make the match? Get involved with the comments here as Villa take on Boro

Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Sky Bet Championship
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Hey! Enjoy Villa vs Middlesbrough and get involved with your comments below! What are your thoughts on the match?


Hi! We’ve performed a bit of spring cleaning over at 7500 To Holte. With a focus on the community, we’ve implemented this match thread to discuss the game. So, if you’ve got something to say about the match, leave a note here! If you’ve no idea what to say, why not try these prompts on for size:

  • What are your prediction for today’s match?
  • Who is the key to the match for Aston Villa?
  • Nervous?
  • Pulis vs Bruce - who wins?

Look forward to seeing you in the comments, UTV!

TV and Streaming

Location: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, England

Kick-off time: 17.15 pm UK, 12.15 pm Eastern, 9.15 am Pacific

Weather: It will be mild up north with a potential spot of rain

Available TV:

USA: No traditional TV in the USA. ESPN + must be used.

UK & Ireland: Sky Sports Main Event. Sky Sports Football.

Australia: BeIn Sports 2

Rest of the World: Other listings are available from

Available video streaming: In Australia you can grab the game on BeIn Sports Connect. In the United States you’ll need to use ESPN + to stream the game. In the UK you can watch the match on Now TV or Sky Go.

Available radio: Talksport, SiriusXM FC, BBC WM 95.6 FM (not online), AVTV (If audio doesn’t work, try using Safari).

Twitter: You can find our live updates @7500toHolte, and we’d also recommend @VillaReport for updates as well.

Holtecast: James and Dani prepared for the first leg with the latest Holtecast, below.

Reading Material

The Villa Week: Imagine a naked Tony Pulis, staring you down, and headbutting you?

Alex Carson: Adama can hurt Villa on the pitch, and then kindly help them with FFP

Previews: We have a statistical preview with some fancy datavis and a traditional preview.